Sunday, February 08, 2015

Spectacular Orchid Exhibition at the Natural History Museum

Out again on Saturday seeing all the great things to see in Washington, DC. I went to the Natural History Museum and the Botanical Gardens. The goal was to see orchids and I certainly accomplished that mission.

This is a special exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum on orchids:
Smithsonian Gardens and the United States Botanic Garden will open the 20th annual orchid exhibition, “Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty,” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 (closes April 26, 2015.) On any given day, the exhibition will display more than 300 orchids. Change-outs occur often; during the course of the exhibit thousands of orchids will be on view.

“Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty”, will explore the rich crossroads where orchid botany, horticulture, and technology connect. Featuring orchids from the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection and the United States Botanic Garden Orchid Collection, the exhibit looks at how new ideas, technologies, and inventions change the way we study, protect, and enjoy orchids. Each new innovation is like a puzzle piece: it fills in gaps in our knowledge and creates a larger and more complex picture of orchids.

I could not believe how many orchids were in this space.

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